Water rates are set to more than double in some areas around Wake Forest after the city of Raleigh corrected for billing errors that took place for more than a decade. More than 5000 residents around the town are expected to be affected. During an audit in late 2017, the city of Raleigh found that residents in the Willow Deer and Jones Dairy Farm areas of Wake Forest had been charged less than they should have been for water and sewer service. The Wake Forest area increase comes as residents in Wake County brace for a new general increase in July. City officials are recommending a 3% water rate increase for the entire Raleigh area effective July 1.
The town of Wake Forest is aiming to open a remodeled version of its municipal aquatic facility at Holding Park in May this year. According to town officials, the town began construction work on the project in December 2017. The new facility pool will have three bodies of water, including a six-lane, 25-yard lap pool, two water slides with plunge pool and a children’s pool with water play equipment. The remodeling of the Holding Park facility was originally scheduled for 2016 but the timeline for re-opening was pushed back after structural problems were discovered. The budget for the overhaul of the facility is $2.5 million.